June 24, 2024

In the midst of Spring Training activities across MLB teams, a former Atlanta Braves luminary is generating attention right out of the gate.

At Camelback Ranch as part of Cactus League proceedings, the Los Angeles Dodgers clashed with the San Diego Padres in a Spring Training matchup.

Freddie Freeman, a former star for the Braves, made an immediate impact by launching a home run off the first pitch thrown by Padres pitcher Jhony Brito.

Freeman connected flawlessly with a Brito fastball, situated on the outer corner, propelling it over the left-center field wall. This impressive hit granted the Dodgers a 1-0 advantage over the Padres.

Although his teammates Will Smith and Max Muncy faced flyouts to centerfield, the Dodgers secured a 4-1 victory over the Padres. This triumph followed their commanding 14-1 win against the Padres in Peoria the previous day.

Freeman addressed the media post-game, indicating that the batting order would be revealed shortly, providing clarity on his and new Los Angeles Dodger Shohei Ohtani’s placements within it.

“We should have some answers in a few days. Shohei and I are both slated to play in the next game. I’ve had experience hitting in both the second and third spots, so I’m comfortable wherever I’m placed.”

Last season, Freeman boasted an impressive .331 batting average with 211 hits, 29 home runs, and 102 RBIs. Drafted by the Braves in the second round of the 2007 MLB Draft, he spent 12 seasons with the Atlanta Braves before joining the Dodgers.

Former Atlanta Braves Star Homers On The First Pitch He Sees In Spring Training

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